INSPIRE (the Innovative Scheme for Postgraduates in Research and Education) is an intensive, ten-month PGCE training programme. It was launched in 2007 by Imperial College London's Outreach team in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University.

What is INSPIRE?
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INSPIRE is a PGCE designed to bridge the gap between STEM research and school science and mathematics by recruiting able researchers who are good communicators.

As well as gaining a PGCE teaching qualification and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), our trainee teachers get involved in a range of outreach activities which they develop with support from academic supervisors at Imperial College London. This unique element of the INSPIRE PGCE programme aims to encourage pupils to take their science and mathematics education to the next level by giving them the chance to:

  • experience university-level research activities
  • participate in workshops, clubs and competitions
  • see cutting edge STEM in action

For our INSPIRE students it's an opportunity to engage with Master’s-level research in educational theory and policy. This opens up their potential to go on to hugely influence the educational system within the UK and beyond by linking universities, schools and government bodies in understanding the role science education can play in our society.

Over 80% of graduates from the INSPIRE PGCE programme are currently teaching, demonstrating the success of the programme so far.

Find out more

If you are interested in finding out more about the programme informally then please contact the INSPIRE programme manager Dr Jenny Cooke at

Please note that the Inspire programme will not run in 2020-21.